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    Are there any good hardcore gyms in SF or SB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Effort View Post
    Are there any good hardcore gyms in SF or SB?
    Or even any good lifting gyms?

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    If you're in the city, SF Golds is decent. Plan on a bit of the gay population but I know a number of people who train there, as I recall, including IFBB Pro FBB Kristy Hawkins. There's not a lot in terms of "hardcore" in the north bay area. A bit if you get down to San Jose, but generally decent gyms but not really hardcore.

    I used to train in the San Mateo / Redwood City area - the 24 Hour Fitness in San Carlos has DBs that go to 140. The PowerHouse In Redwood City goes to 150.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sassy69 View Post
    If you're in the city, SF Golds is decent. Plan on a bit of the gay population but I know a number of people who train there, as I recall, including IFBB Pro FBB Kristy Hawkins. There's not a lot in terms of "hardcore" in the north bay area. A bit if you get down to San Jose, but generally decent gyms but not really hardcore.

    I used to train in the San Mateo / Redwood City area - the 24 Hour Fitness in San Carlos has DBs that go to 140. The PowerHouse In Redwood City goes to 150.
    Cool- thanks! I just looked up the Gold's. It changed hands...I'll have to look into it. I wish I had use for DBs that heavy, but given that one of those weighs more than me, that isn't my biggest concern at the moment I'm just sick of going to a gym where 99% of the weight equipment is selectorized machines :/

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    Actually I had forgotten that Crunch Fitness came in & bought a set of about 7 Gold's that were part of a franchise. I haven't been up to the city to train in a number of years so its possible that was one of them. I trained at the Crunch Fitness in San Mateo - very nice gym. They didn't change much from the Golds, so chances are its about the same. The DBs don't go up as high - probably around 100 as an upper end, but very nice gym.
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    World Gym in San Francisco is the last of the hardcore bodybuilding friendly gyms. Great equipment and many NPC and a few IFBB Pros train there. Phil Health has dropped in a time or two, also "The Rock" trains here when visiting.

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